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So Long



Au revoir


Bon Voyage



Auf Wiedersehen

Whatever language you speak, it’s been good to know you.

I am on Facebook as me.  I don’t do Twitter or Instagram.

In other Universes I am Rod Nero.

Don’t play any bad notes.

If you have another favorite blogsite comparable to this I would like to visit.

So long, it's been good to know you.

Rodney Roe

P.S. I wish we…


Added by Rodney Roe on June 11, 2019 at 7:48pm — 10 Comments

A Little Spanish Night Music

We were at the home of friends last night .  Rosa Icela is Mexican, born in Tijuana, and her husband is a Georgia boy who was stationed in San Diego where he met her.  She treated us and other guests, most of whom we knew, to a Mexican dinner.  It was sort of “Tex-Mex” with a decided improvement in flavors: tacos and pico de gallo. Dessert was something I had never had: cheese with candied quince.  After dinner we sat out on their deck on the top of one of the mountains here enjoying the…


Added by Rodney Roe on May 20, 2019 at 9:49am — 19 Comments

Sleepless in the Middle of Nowhere



The origin of the word, insomnia, is from Latin in- (without) + somnis (sleep).  Etymologists remark on the varied meanings of the prefix “in-“ with the formation of, in some cases, opposite meanings for the same or similar words.  Similarly, they remark on the use of a number of different consonant endings for the meaning “not or without” such as ir-, il- and ig-: and, by the substitution of u- or e- for I- in some cases. Un- is usually used for native words, and i-…


Added by Rodney Roe on May 16, 2019 at 11:30pm — 7 Comments

Past Sins

Double neck acoustic guitar

This is not the one designed for Acoustic Avalon

This is a 12 string / 6 string combo


From time to time I am…


Added by Rodney Roe on May 12, 2019 at 4:49am — 11 Comments

State Abortion Bans


Several states have passed onerous anti-abortion bills nicknamed “heart beat bills” in an effort to force a Supreme Court decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade.

Georgia just passed one, and Alabama is considering one that, if passed, will be the most restrictive bill yet.  A version passed the Alabama House, but…


Added by Rodney Roe on May 10, 2019 at 2:09pm — 6 Comments

Trust in Whom


“In God We Trust; All Others Pay Cash”


The U.S. currency has the motto, “E Pluribus Unum” printed on it.  In the 1950s “In God We Trust” was added.  Some will explain that the addition happened because no one speaks Latin anymore, and we, the citizens of the U.S. composed of and descended from…


Added by Rodney Roe on May 9, 2019 at 9:17am — 13 Comments



Today is May Day, the beginning in ancient times of summer.  In pre-Christian times many cultures, including the Druids, divided the year into two seasons; summer  (beginning May 1) and winter (beginning November 1).  Summer was the time of life and winter the time of death.  Beltane, May Day, was no time, it was the bridge between death and birth, dark and light, and a time of celebration of the coming season of light, life and warmth.

Pagans, old and new, celebrate…


Added by Rodney Roe on May 1, 2019 at 12:51pm — 12 Comments

A Matter of Race or Class?

Charges of discrimination are being made today over a dress code, but it is not what you might suspect.  The dress code is for parents visiting James Madison High School in Houston, Texas.

Even stranger than a dress code for adults is the way it came about and by whom.  Carlotta Outley Brown is the principle of the school and issued a letter to parents after a mother demanded to see a dress code for visitors following a confrontation at the school door.…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 26, 2019 at 5:49am — 21 Comments

There Are So Many Places and So Little Time

I learned yesterday that in parts of Tibet the natives practice polyandry.  The friend from whom I learned this told me that this practice is pretty much restricted to the high elevations where people subsist on animal husbandry.  Typically, multiple brothers have the same wife, and several brothers will be away for days with flocks leaving one brother home with their wife.…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 25, 2019 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Vũng Tàu

In-Country R&R in a Neutral Zone

During the Vietnam War U.S. military typically were sent for rest and relaxation (R&R) to some place away from the conflict like, Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand or Australia.  I met my wife on Oahu about half way through my tour and then we took a short flight to Kauai where we spent a week next to a lagoon full of colorful fish and toured the island by car.  That happened in 1971, and it served as our honeymoon.  We…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 22, 2019 at 6:53am — 12 Comments

Impeachment or Prosecution?

“The Truth Matters”


Sometimes, it has been said, the cure is worse than the disease.  That may be true with the Trump presidency.  Can Trump be impeached without evidence of a crime?  What would be the effect of impeachment?  What constitutes a “high crime”, what a “misdemeanor”? 

What those who find Trump’s…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 21, 2019 at 4:13am — 25 Comments

A Meditation for Any Day

The following was copied from a Unitarian Universalist bulletin.  It expresses a concept that is often either denied, forgotten or never realized.  In today’s political divide over immigration it seems important to realize that many of those we will never know who helped enhance our lives are and were immigrants who took jobs beneath their ability in order to enjoy life here.  Some slaves, and the children of slaves, built buildings and roads and created works of art for which they got no…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 18, 2019 at 3:11am — 21 Comments

A Patient's View of Fighting Cancer

I’ve been retired for 14 years.  A lot has happened in medicine since then, apparently.

My latest go round with my cancer resulted in surgery, ‘radiosurgery” and now I am getting immunotherapy.  The last is something that has come on since I was practicing; at least as a main-line therapy.  I’m still not sure how it works.  I’m getting something called a checkpoint inhibitor.  The immune system is complicated.  Like the blood coagulation system it appears to be like Topsy, it just…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 16, 2019 at 4:32am — 8 Comments

When is News Fake and When is it Misinterpreted or Misprotrayed

It seems that there is little that we can trust now.  Anyone who has not been living under a bridge for the past couple of years is familiar with the concept of fake news.  This morning I read that Russia is interfering with GPS systems to confuse shipping.  Julian Assange has been kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain and authorities are beginning to have the discussion about what should be done with him.

Assange claims that Wikileaks is a journalistic enterprise rather…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 14, 2019 at 7:09pm — 8 Comments

Sex, Gender and Combat

Cedar Falls Trail on Petit Jean Mountain

Arkansas has a monument and state park honoring Petit Jean, a frontier hero. Petit Jean was killed by native fighters and at the time of his death it was found that “Little John” was actually “Little Jean”.  It seems that, in order to have the…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 7, 2019 at 3:16am — 16 Comments

Remembering the Five and Dime

Yesterday the phone rang, and it sounded like the Caller I.D. said TG & Y.  I didn’t get up to answer (we get scam and spam calls all of the time) but thought who could that be, that company has been out of business a long time.  And then I began to think about all of those five and dimes - they once dotted the South - offering a variety of goods for a price that people could pay.  Most of them, it seems, appeared during the Great Depression and disappeared as people became more…


Added by Rodney Roe on April 4, 2019 at 1:46pm — 13 Comments

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction



This article is about more than Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), and if you were looking for an extensive exploration of the subject it will not provide that.  There are much better places to find an in-depth discussion of the dementia that affects canines.

Sometimes we spend time mulling over events trying to get a glimpse of the future.  It seems natural to believe that we can see trends emerge and follow those trends to their logical conclusion.  My…


Added by Rodney Roe on March 20, 2019 at 12:24am — 5 Comments

The College Entrance Cheating Scandal; Heads or Tails

There have always been crooks, sociopaths, and con men, but they were looked down on by society at large.  This week a scandal broke that involved wealthy parents participating in an elaborate scam in which they got their children into prestigious universities through bribery and fraud.  In past decades such individuals would have been ostracized to such an extent that it would have made it unlikely than anyone – even those disposed to lie and cheat – would have participated in such a scam. …


Added by Rodney Roe on March 17, 2019 at 9:28am — 13 Comments

What, if anything, did Michael Cohen offer this week?

Why did Congress call on Michael Cohen to testify this week? Depending on political persuasion it was grandstanding, or an attempt to get to the truth about President Trump; whatever that truth may be.

Given the fact that Cohen is a convicted liar, and given the fact that liars lie about lying, there has been no reason to believe that…


Added by Rodney Roe on March 2, 2019 at 10:07am — 14 Comments

Brain Surgery, Now What?

The windchimes are ringing and shutters clattering. If I could see the garden flag I am sure that it would be standing straight out to the side. March is waiting in the wings.

Things have progressed so quickly that it is hard to imagne that it has only been a little over a week since we blithe fully threw a few things in a bag and started…


Added by Rodney Roe on February 25, 2019 at 1:36am — 13 Comments


One Flew Under Radar

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 3:15pm 0 Comments

Tolerance and Bigots

Posted by alsoknownas on June 18, 2019 at 2:20pm 4 Comments

Where Jaws was Filmed

Posted by J.P. Hart on June 18, 2019 at 11:19am 1 Comment

I’m Not A Buddhist

Posted by Robert B. James on June 18, 2019 at 7:42am 2 Comments

2 Questions for Kosh and Jon

Posted by Ron Powell on June 18, 2019 at 2:30am 9 Comments

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